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Na h-Eo\in - Earrann II Sentence 2.

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 Some time ago I posted two short pieces, 'Na h-Eo\in - Earann I' and 'Na h- Eo\in - Earann II' I am doing this again, but this time in much smaller pieces, and with some discussion about grammar and vocabulary. Na h-Eo\in - Earrann II Sentence 2. Is gille spaideil e. Tha e fhe\in agus an dreathan gle\ choltach r'a che\ile. Ach tha an dreathan na's lugha - aon de na h-eo\in as lugha nar du\thaich. Lit. Is a smart lad he. He himself and the wren are very similar to each other. But the wren is what is smaller - one of the birds that is smallest in our country. = He's a smart fellow. He (himself) and the wren are very alike /very similar to each other. But the wren is smaller - one of the smallest birds in our country. Is gille spaideil e - the assertive verb again (See Earrann II Sentence 1. and Earrann I Sentences 1, 3) an dreathan = the wren Often "an dreathan-donn" "nead an dreadhain-donn" the wren’s nest choltach ri = like unto a che\ile = each other, one another Used with various prepositions. The 'a" may be lost with some preps. e.g. "le che\ile" with each other na's lugha = na + is + lugha (usually now "nas lugha") = what is smaller (where "lugha" is the comparative form of "beag") Though called the "comparative" form, it is also used as the "superlative" form, as in "aon de na h-eo\in as lugha nar du\thaich" where "as lugha" = a + is + lugha = which is smallest Please feel free to ask on the list for further help where something is not clear. Cailean M.